When: Sun., Feb. 8, 6 p.m. 2015
You have heard the elegance and felt the passion of his music, recorded by artists in every generation. The genius of Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) has charmed the world for over 75 years. His compositions include “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Johnny Come Lately,” “Chelsea Bridge,” “Something to Live For,” and “Lush Life”. The recordings featuring his music number in the thousands. Billy Strayhorn’s achievements grew from a classical background formed in his music classes at Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh. His career as an arranger, composer and pianist has been written about by David Hajdu in his bestselling biography, Lush Life. Billy Strayhorn charted new and sophisticated directions in the jazz world and beyond. His career started and ended with Duke Ellington but his impact went beyond the shadow of this collaboration. Today his music is known and performed from classical orchestras to rumba dance bands. Billy Strayhorn stands on his own as a musical master of the 20th century who remains an influence in the 21st.
John Magaldi and the Prime Time Orchestra lead this celebration of composer Billy Strayhorn, the right hand of Duke Ellington. Born in 1915, the composer wrote for Ellington for almost three decades, penning classics like “Take the A Train” and “Lush Life.” With opening remarks by Larry Strayhorn, San Antonio resident and the composer’s nephew.